A new dialysis unit has been officially opened in Thamesmead by Teresa Pearce, Member of Parliament for Erith and Thamesmead.
The new unit, which has been operational since the summer, is part of King’s College Hospital’s kidney service and will benefit many patients in the boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley, who will no longer have to travel to the hospital in Camberwell for dialysis treatment.
The unit is open six days a week and will see up to 60 patients per day. Patients will be able to see a range of specialists including doctors, nurses and dietitians. Additionally, the site will have free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi for patients to use while they receive treatment. For patients who do not drive, the unit is served by the 472 bus, which stops directly outside and provides a link to Greenwich, Charlton, Woolwich and Plumstead.
Dr Robert Elias, Consultant Nephrologist and Clinical Director for Renal Services at King’s College Hospital said, “Many of our patients need dialysis three times a week so they have been at the very heart of developing our new renal unit in Thamesmead.
“Patients told us they wanted dialysis closer to home in a modern, spacious and comfortable environment. We’ve listened to those comments and the result is this new renal unit, which has state-of-the-art facilities and is receiving excellent patient feedback. Around a hundred patients living in Greenwich and Bexley will benefit from care closer to home.”
Teresa Pearce MP added, “I would like to thank the Renal Services at King’s College Hospital for listening to my constituents when they voiced concern of having their treatments so far from home. I am so glad that patients will no longer have to cope with long stressful journeys when accessing this life sustaining treatment”.
The new renal unit is provided by King’s College Hospital in partnership with Diaverum – one of the world’s leading renal care service providers.